Three Sierra Leonean children, including a nine-month-old infant, who were infected with COVID-19 have recovered with the help of Chinese and Sierra Leonean doctors, the China-Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital said here Wednesday.
The China-Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital was designated as one of the specialized hospitals to receive COVID-19 patients in the West Africa country’s fight against the virus.
The three orphans, who suffered from different levels of congenital malformation and malnutrition, developed severe COVID-19 symptoms before they were transferred to the hospital, said Zhao Mengwen, a Chinese doctor of the Chinese medical team based in the hospital.
“All of them coughed continuously and struggled to breathe, and the nine-month-old infant had two bedsores on his head. Their conditions were rather critical,” said Zhao.
After a joint consultation, doctors concluded that the three severe cases required combined therapies and intensive care.
“We intensified the anti-infection treatment and enhanced nutritional support to their bodies step by step in the meantime. Their diseases were in remission gradually,” said Zhao, adding that the patients fully recovered weeks later.
“All of the medical staff were exhilarated to see the kids discharged from the hospital, and we also gathered to donate some food and medical supplies to help them get through these trying times,” Zhao added.
Karim Kabineh, chief of the hospital, expressed his gratitude to Chinese doctors’ contribution to the country’s battle against the virus, saying “together with Chinese doctors in the frontline, we firmly believe we will win this fight.” Enditem